was declared the winner of the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize last night for her novel Half-Blood Blues. Edugyan's novel deserves the prize 100%. Half-Blood Blues tells of a group of black jazz musicians in hiding in wartime Paris. During the days of the German occupation, the musicians bide their time by cutting a new record, which becomes the stuff of legend, especially since their star trumpet player was arrested by the Nazis shortly after the band recorded its final take. Edugyan tells her story in a snappy, yet eloquent prose with a remarkable jazzy rhythm. It's a unique and excellent book.
Also, Half-Blood Blues would make a great movie...somebody better claim the rights chop, chop!